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Sun Jan 19th 2014
Regular Wantage Ride 3*
Louis Hall
Start Time:
9:30 am
Start Location:
100km all-day touring ride, up and down.

Flat at first through Hendred and Cholsey to Pangbourne then up to Aldworth and across through the Ilsleys before taking lunch in Farnborough.

After lunch we have options:
1 return directly down Chain Hill
2 roll down through Shefford to Lambourn and then back
3 go through Lambourn to Ashbury and follow the spring line road
3a throw in West Dragon Hill, for fun.

Riding pace 18-22km/h (11-14mph).
Not suitable for irregular riders.
About 1k of climbing.
Alan Delaney
Ashley Brown
Cathy Brown
David Smith
David Talboys
John Tranter
Katherine Boyce
Louis Hall
Ursula Hallam
Riders = 9

sunnyhazy sunsunny
What a glorious day for a bike ride.

January days do not come much better than this. Continuous sunshine. Cool but fingers not frozen and warm enough for insulation layers to be shed - not too many though! Visibility from the summits, and there were several, stretched for 10s of miles.

It wasn't so good for Dave though. He had two punctures within two kilometres and returned to Wantage. There is no truth in the rumour that the ride leader had scattered tacks on the path outside his house!

We altered our route slightly to rendezvous with Alan at the agreed time on Didcot Broadway. The route took us down Grove Road into Harwell, which was flooded again. However, the water barely touched our bottom brackets.

We got to Pangbourne in two hours and then the fun began. The route to Farnborough is undulating - speed ranged from 10 to 60 kmph. There was only one idiot driver, more than compensated by numerous hares and wonderful views.

We certainly needed lunch when we got to Saddleback Farm Shop in Farnborough. We then decided to take option 2 - down through Lambourn and then up the dip slope to Hackpen. Ashley and Cathy left us there to take the direct route via Sparsholt to Oxford, while the rest of us returned to Wantage.

We finished off back in the Market Place with a coffee in Costa.

59 miles, 2,900 feet, average moving speed of 21 kmph: we were pleased with ourselves.
95.00 km (59.03 mi)
Ride Details:
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Comment on this ride


Written by : John Tranter

Posted on : January 19, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Great ride. Best of the year so far!

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Start Locations
Wantage Market Place
Old Mill Hall, Grove
1* - Suitable for irregular, social, beginner or family riders, pace will match the slower riders. Not hilly or long. Expect rides up to 3 hours. Gentle exercise.
2* - Suitable for regular riders who prefer to cover some distance but at a more relaxed pace. Likely to be half-day rides. Solid exercise.
3* - Suitable for experienced riders, may be hilly, long, quick, or any combination! Likely to be half or full-day rides. Challenging exercise.
4* - Suitable for athletic riders who can ride safely above the 3* standard. Quick rides for the fit.
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